Monday, January 17, 2011

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government, 16 Jan 2011

Tucson shooting victim involuntarily committed to undisclosed medical facility --Shooting victim taken into custody at taping of TV special 15 Jan 2011 A Tucson mass shooting victim was taken into custody Saturday after yelling "you're dead" at a Tea Party spokesman during the taping of an ABC-TV town hall event. The Pima County Sheriff's Office said J. Eric Fuller, 63, was involuntarily committed to an undisclosed medical facility, NBC News reported. The Associated Press said he was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. He faces charges of threats and intimidation and disorderly conduct, according to Tucson TV station KGUN.
Death threats to Bay Area senator catch eye of Giffords investigators --Senator received death threats after criticizing Sarah Palin 14 Jan 2011 (CA) The investigation into the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has led detectives to state Sen. Leland Yee, Ph.D., who also received death threats for criticizing Sarah Palin, but officials are not saying whether they have uncovered any link between the two. The chief of staff for Yee, a Democrat representing northern San Mateo County and western San Francisco, said he was briefly questioned by a Pima County, Ariz., sheriff's detective who called him Monday. The Tucson-area detectives are investigating the shooting that killed six people and injured Giffords, who is also a Democrat.
Republican ex-candidate charged with making threats in Ind. --'Someday Boooooom while your setting in your offices,' read one of the posts cited in media reports. 'And you know I won't even be the one pulling the trigger,' said another. 15 Jan 2011 An Indiana woman who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress last year was being held Saturday on charges she made threats against judges and other officials on her Facebook account. Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega -- who said he was among those targeted -- said he decided to move quickly after discovering the threats in part due to last week's shootings in Arizona that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others. Cheryl Allen of Martinsville was being held on $100,000 bond Saturday in a jail in her hometown. State police arrested her on eight felony counts of intimidation on Thursday, the same day authorities discovered the postings, which were apparently published on her page three days earlier.
'Israel tested Stuxnet on Iran, with US help' 16 Jan 2011 US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop a destructive computer worm to sabotage Iran's efforts to make a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported on Saturday. In its online edition, the Times quoted intelligence and military experts as saying Israel has tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, which apparently shut down a fifth of Iran's nuclear centrifuges in November and helped delay its ability to make its first nuclear weapons. The testing took place at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert housing the Middle East's sole, albeit undeclared nuclear weapons program.
Iran to display US drones it shot down: commander 15 Jan 2011 Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday. "The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability," Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards' naval forces, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. On January 2, the head of Guards air force said the elite unit had downed two Western spy drones.
Iraqis protest Biden visit --Similar anti-US demonstrations were held in Najaf last week. 14 Jan 2011 Hundreds of Iraqis have taken to the streets of the central city of Kufa, condemning a visit by the US Vice President Joe Biden to their country. Chanting anti-US slogans, the demonstrators said the main reason behind Biden's unannounced visit to Iraq was extending a December 31, 2011, deadline for US troops to leave the country and called for an immediate US withdrawal. "In our protest, we demand that visits like Biden's to Iraq should not be repeated and that the occupier should leave," one protester said.
Bombs kill Baghdad policeman, wound 6 15 Jan 2011 An Iraqi policeman has been killed and six other people have been injured in the latest bomb attacks in Baghdad. On Saturday, an improvised explosive device was used to target a police patrol in southwest Baghdad's al-Bayyaa area, killing a police officer and injuring three other policemen and one civilian, the Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported. In another bombing earlier in the day, a policeman and a civilian were injured in north Baghdad's Aadhamiya district.
Three U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq 15 Jan 2011 Three American soldiers were killed and one was wounded in two separate attacks in Iraq on Saturday, the U.S. military said. The deadlier of the attacks happened in the morning when a man dressed in an Iraqi army uniform opened fire at U.S. soldiers while they were conducting a training session for Iraqi forces at a military base on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, Col. Barry A. Johnson, spokesman for the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said. The attacker killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded a third before he was shot dead, Col. Johnson said... A third U.S. soldier was killed in a separate attack in central Iraq, while "conducting operations," according to a military statement.
Two U.S. troops killed by Iraqi soldier who 'smuggled real bullets into training exercise' 15 Jan 2011 Two U.S. troops were killed today by an Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled real bullets into a training exercise and opened fire. The incident raises fresh concerns about the nation's security forces as the Americans prepare to leave by the end of this year. A U.S. military official said the shooter was immediately killed by American soldiers who were running the morning drill at a training centre on a base in the northern city of Mosul.
6 civilians killed by blast in south Afghanistan 16 Jan 2011 A minivan full of civilians struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, triggering a blast that killed six of the people in the vehicle, a local official said Sunday. The explosion Saturday afternoon in southern Helmand province also wounded three others riding in the Toyota Townace, the provincial governor's office said in a statement, which added that the dead included women and children. The blast occurred in Sangin district.
Bomb blast kills 3 Afghan civilians 16 Jan 2011 At least three civilians have been killed and one injured in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province, a NATO statement says. According to the international coalition force, the incident took place in Gizab district on Saturday when the bomb targeted a car carrying the civilians, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Blackwater protects American institutions and personnel in the West Bank 14 Jan 2011 A spokesman for the Palestinian security services has denied any relationship between the Palestinian Authority and the presence of civilian security officers from Blackwater, the private US company [terrorist group], in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. In a statement to Alghad media, Major General Adnan Aldamery said, "We do not have any single link to the issue of Blackwater. It is an agreement between the US State Department and a security company to protect the consulates, diplomatic missions and American institutions in the West. We are not interfering in this matter; it is diplomatic custom and the US has the right to commission whatever entity it chooses to protect its institutions and its diplomats, and those who visit the West Bank and Gaza as well."
Mamdouh Habib's story is backed by evidence 15 Jan 2011 Last December 17 in Sydney, officers representing the federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland signed a secret deal with former terror suspect Mamdouh Habib. It featured an undisclosed compensation payout in return for Habib dropping his long-running civil suit claiming commonwealth complicity in his 2001 arrest, rendition, detention and torture in Pakistan, Egypt and Guantanamo Bay. The secrecy clause preventing details of the deal being made public prolonged a decade-long cover-up of exactly what the Australian government and its officers knew about Habib's CIA rendition to Egypt, where he was held in barbarous conditions and tortured for seven months, before being transferred to Cuba.
Israeli spy planes fly over Beirut 14 Jan 2011 The Israeli military has again sent reconnaissance aircraft into the Lebanese airspace for surveillance. A statement released by the Lebanese Army said on Friday that two Israeli spy drones had entered Lebanon's territory over the southern border town of Naqoura on Thursday and flew over nearly most areas in the south and the capital Beirut, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Germany to re-arrest 'Mossad agent' 16 Jan 2011 Germany has reportedly issued a new arrest warrant for an Israeli suspected of involvement in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai. The German weekly, Der Spiegel, reported in its Sunday edition that German authorities issued a new arrest warrant for an Israeli national identified as Uri Brodsky. The report did not specify the new charges against Brodsky, an alleged Israeli Mossad agent suspected of involvement in the terror of Palestinian leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room on January 19, 2010.
Tunisian president escapes country as tanks patrol streets 15 Jan 2011 After weeks of protests that ultimately led to turmoil in the small African country of Tunisia, the president has finally fled to Saudi Arabia with his family, leaving behind an angry nation. Tunisia is located in North Africa and has had deep diplomatic relations with the European Union, Arab League, the African Union and the United Nations. The country has, since 1987, been ruled by the authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who has long been charged with corruption, abuse of power and violations of human rights.
Cuba says Obama leaves 'intact blockade' despite easing measures 16 Jan 2011 Cuba said on Saturday the easing of restriction on travel and remittances to the island by the United States were inadequate, because they "keep intact the economic, financial and trade blockade." The United States on Friday eased restrictions on visas, remittances and travel under its full embargo on Cuba.
14-year-old boy held in petrol bomb probe --'The boy is being questioned in a south London police station.' 14 Jan 2011 Police today arrested a 14-year-old boy over the throwing of a petrol bomb during a student protest. The arrest comes a day after Scotland Yard released images of a hooded figure running across Parliament Square and throwing a flaming bottle across a crowd of protesters.
Palin e-mail hacker starts prison term [Too bad Palin isn't.] 13 Jan 2011 A man who broke into Sarah Palin's e-mail has been imprisoned - despite being told he might be spared jail. David Kernell, 23, was found guilty last year of illegally accessing Mrs Palin's e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign. At the time, a judge suggested he should serve his year-long sentence in a halfway house. But after intervention from US government officials he is now in federal prison, the BBC has learned.
U.S. Rep Wants Assange Declared 'Banned Person,' Recalling South Africa's Internal Security Act --Banning Orders Should be Banned By Lori Price, 15 Jan 2011 U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, wants WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, to be added to the Treasury Department's 'Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List,' also known as the SDN List. Rep. King's request evokes the story of another banned journalist, Donald James Woods. Woods was the editor of the South Africa's 'Daily Dispatch' from 1965 to 1977, befriending Steve Biko, the leader of the anti-apartheid Black Consciousness Movement. Woods was declared a 'banned person' under South Africa's Internal Security Act by the Afrikaner National Party government in October 1977.
US Treasury: Can't Keep Businesses From Working With Wikileaks 14 Jan 2011 The Treasury Department said Thursday it doesn't have enough evidence to prevent U.S. businesses from working with Wikileaks or its founder, Julian Assange. Responding to a congressman who asked the department to sanction the website that has leaked thousands of U.S. government documents, the department said none of its current programs has the reach to ensnare Wikileaks. Treasury administers but doesn't outline the criteria for sanctions programs.
Treasury Says It Cannot Sanction Wikileaks Or Julian Assange 14 Jan 2011 The Treasury Department said it doesn’t have enough evidence to place sanctions on Wikileaks or its leader Julian Assange, Dow Jones Newswires reported. Responding to Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who asked the department to add it to its blacklisted entities list maintained at the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Treasury said none of its current programs can reach either Wikileaks or Assange. The Treasury administers but doesn’t create the criteria for sanctions; that power comes either legislatively or by executive order.
US Justice Dept national security chief to join firm run by former Microsoft chief strategist 13 Jan 2011 The assistant attorney general who has overseen some of the most significant terror investigations since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is leaving the U.S. Justice Department. Assistant Attorney General David Kris will become general counsel at a company [Intellectual Ventures] founded by the retired chief strategist and top technology officer at Microsoft Corp., Nathan Myhrvold.
Homeland Security Cancels 'Virtual Fence' After $1 Billion Is Spent 15 Jan 2011 The Department of Homeland Security on Friday canceled a project to build a technology-based "virtual fence" across the Southwest border, saying that the effort -- on which $1 billion has already been spent -- was ineffective and too costly... Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary, said she had decided to end the five-year-old project, known as SBI-Net. Ms. Napolitano's decision brought a long-expected close to a project carried out by the Boeing Corporation under a contract first signed in 2005 under President [sic] George W. Bush, which had been plagued by delays and cost overruns.
The sun rises two days early in Greenland, sparking fears that global warming is accelerating --The most likely explanation is that it is down to the lower height of melting icecaps allowing the sun's light to penetrate through earlier. 14 Jan 2011 The sun over Greenland has risen two days early, baffling scientists and sparking fears that Arctic icecaps are melting faster than previously thought. Experts say the sun should have risen over the Arctic nation's most westerly town, Ilulissat, yesterday, ending a month-and-a-half of winter darkness. But for the first time in history light began creeping over the horizon at around 1pm on Tuesday - 48 hours ahead of the usual date of 13 January.
Environmental group says it will sue US government to protect polar bear habitat 13 Jan 2011 An environmental group on Thursday gave notice that it intends to sue the U.S. government for what conservationists consider a failure to protect critical habitat for polar bears from harmful oil and gas development. The Center for Biological Diversity sent the required notice to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Agencies of the Interior Department have reaffirmed a Bush-era plan that authorized oil leasing in the newly designated polar bear critical habitat in the Chukchi Sea, and are considering a proposal to allow Shell Oil to drill next summer in polar bear critical habitat in the Beaufort Sea.
Italian PM accused of underage sex and related abuse of power 15 Jan 2011 After narrowly avoiding a vote of no confidence in parliament, the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is now being investigated for an alleged sexual encounter with an underage prostitute and subsequent cover up. The Italian Prime Minister has long maintained his playboy image and has made no secret of the fact he enjoys the company of the opposite sex, but now Italian prosecutors are investigating embarrassing claims by a teenage nightclub dancer.
Silvio Berlusconi investigated in teenage prostitution case --Italian prime minister also suspected of abusing position by putting pressure on police 14 Jan 2011 Silvio Berlusconi has been formally placed under investigation on suspicion of paying for sex with a 17-year old girl, according to a statement issued today by prosecutors in Milan. He was further accused of abusing his position as Italy's prime minister by bringing pressure to bear on the police to cover up his alleged relationship with the girl, who was working as a prostitute. The two alleged offences carry sentences totalling 15 years in jail.
Spill Report Accuses Jindal of Showboating 14 Jan 2011 Jockeying by Gulf Coast officials for limited oil spill-fighting resources and the construction of a massive chain of sand barriers to block oil offshore -- a key priority of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Whackjob) of Louisiana -- did little to protect the coastline and often hampered the more effective actions of federal responders to the 2010 oil spill, according to the final report by the presidential panel investigating the spill. The report, released on Tuesday, also details new allegations that Mr. Jindal deliberately withheld the location of an area of oiled marsh from the Coast Guard that he used as a backdrop for television interviews.
G.O.P. Elects a New Chairman as Steele Drops Out 15 Jan 2011 The Republican National Committee selected a new leader on Friday, with its choice, Reince Priebus of Wisconsin, surviving seven contentious rounds of balloting to overtake Michael Steele, the embattled chairman, as party officials demanded new leadership to fortify the party for the 2012 presidential race. Mr. Priebus, who broke away from Mr. Steele’s close circle of advisers to run against him, said he would work to rebuild the trust of major contributors who had lost faith in the party and begin preparing to challenge President Obama.
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Previous lead stories: US Teenager on 'No-Fly' List Grilled by F.B.I. After Invoking Right to Counsel 13 Jan 2011 A US teenager detained in Kuwait said he underwent a heated interrogation by F.B.I. agents for several hours on Wednesday, in a case that has renewed debate over the Obama administration’s expansion of the no-fly list after the attempted bombing of a passenger plane bound for Detroit in 2009. The interrogation grew steadily more hostile when the agents pressed the teenager, Gulet Mohamed, on his travels to Yemen and Somalia and began calling him an "embarrassment to his country," he said. Mr. Mohamed, whom American officials said is on a no-fly list, said the F.B.I. agents interrogated him even after he refused to answer their questions without a lawyer, and after they gave him a paper listing his Miranda rights.
Senators say US military cyber ops not disclosed --Cyber experts suggest possible secret US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and possibly Yemen or Somalia 12 Jan 2011 The Pentagon failed to disclose clandestine cyber activities in a classified report on secret military actions that goes to Congress, according to a Senate document that provides a public peek at oversight concerns surrounding the government's computer war capabilities. The U.S. military's use of offensive cyber warfare has only rarely been disclosed, such as the electronic jamming of Iraqi military and communications networks just before the [illegal] strike against Saddam Hussein's army in 2003.
Afghan campaign caused $100 million damage: inquiry --Violence is at its worst since U.S.-backed Afghan forces overthrew the government in 2001. 11 Jan 2011 Afghan and foreign forces have caused more than $100 million damage to fruit crops and homes during 'security' operations in southern Kandahar province, a government delegation said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of foreign and Afghan troops are deployed in Kandahar, a traditional stronghold of the Afghan Taliban, where they have been conducting military offensives over the past year.
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